Kai Ambos

About/Bio

Professor Kai Ambos is chair for criminal law, criminal procedure, comparative law, international criminal and international law at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany; Director of the Study Center for Latin American Criminal and Criminal Procedural Law (CEDPAL) at the same University; Judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, The Hague and Advisor (amicus curiae) of the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Bogotá. The views expressed in this article do not reflect those of these institutions.

Recently Published

Colombia: Time for the ICC Prosecutor to Act?

The controversy evolving around the role and competence of the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz, SJP) has reached a new peak: Colombian President Iván Duque initiated a frontal attack against the Jurisdiction’s statutory law that goes beyond all previous assaults directed against the country’s Transitional Justice (TJ) system. We argue…

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Another Challenge for Colombia’s Transitional Justice Process: Aggravated Differential Treatment between Armed Forces and FARC

A new proposal for a constitutional amendment has caused another highly controversial debate in Colombia. The proposal foresees the creation of “special chambers” within the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz, SJP) with the exclusive competence to try members of the Armed Forces. Just a quick reminder: The…

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Transitional Justice Without Truth?

During his election campaign, Colombia’s new president Iván Duque announced that he would seek amendments to the peace agreement with the FARC-EP of 24 November 2016 and the ensuing unique Colombian system of Transitional Justice (TJ) (Sistema Integral de Verdad, Justicia, Reparación y No Repetición, SIVJRNR– see here for…

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